January 26, 2007


Sri Lanka overcome plucky Malaysia

Martin Williamson

Malaysia put on a brave front before going down by five wickets against Sri Lanka in the opening match of the HSBC Malaysian Under-19 Invitational tri-series at the Kinrara Oval.

It was a result which the young Malaysians, led by skipper Faris Almas-Lee, should not look into with sadness or shame but instead hold their heads high at the end of the day as there was so much excitement provided by the hosts which had the Test-playing nation gripped with nail-biting anxiety.

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Posted by a.h.m.fahim on (February 11, 2008, 14:48 GMT)

Within five year 50% Malaysian like cricket. I very happy U-19 cricket world cup in Malaysia.

Posted by mirdza nasir on (March 5, 2007, 12:28 GMT)

I was in Malaysia during th Tri-Series and was lucky enough to be one ofthose who watched the Sri Lankans play Malaysia. I must say, without doubt, that it was a great match with the home team providing a lot of excitement. I am not a Sri Lankan nor a Malaysian but there was to some extent moments of nail-biting finish. It was a close finish with the Sri Lankans put under pressure by a young and inexperienced home side who have never gone to play in the Worled Cup!!

Posted by Daiya on (January 27, 2007, 7:36 GMT)

The article seems pretty biased. Based on the scores of the match it looks like Sri Lanka won convincingly. Sri Lanka finished the match with 15 overs to spare and losing just 5 wickets, this indicates a convincing victory and not a nail biting one as the article suggests. If Sri Lanka had been 80 for 5 and won by a couple of wickets then it definitely would have been a nail biting victory. However, Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets with 15 overs to spare which is far from being nail biting

Posted by Thambo on (January 26, 2007, 14:41 GMT)

I checked out the performance of the present cricket team who are traveling to Malaysia but it can still be observed that few members of this team is the one which lost to Nepal & Bangladesh on the last U-19 World cup held in home soil. All members of the team are mostly from western & central province so is that mean Sri Lankans have no players then these 2 region. Pathetic. Or is it because this is a small event incorporating few teams however i guess politics & influence is still playing in Sri Lanka. It is essential to shape up a good team without using politics or influence coz by the end of 2007, important senior members will be out of action therefore we should be well prepared to replace them.

Posted by CJ on (January 25, 2007, 14:12 GMT)

All the best to the Trinity LION Sachith and the Sri Lankan team.

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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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